The Quesnel Farmers’ Market is set to welcome back non-food vendors starting with its market on Saturday, June 6. (Observer File Photo)

Quesnel Farmers’ Market welcomes back non-food vendors

Decision comes as the Province moves forward with phase two of the B.C. Restart Plan

The Quesnel Farmers’ Market is set to welcome back all non-food vendors and products starting immediately.

The decision comes after the adjustment of the order on vending markets from Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry on May 28, as the the Province moved into phase two the the B.C. Restart Plan.

In a post on social media B.C. Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham announced the plans to allow non-food goods back into markets and expressed her appreciation for the farmers’ market community and the work they have done to keep patrons and vendors safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m happy to announce today that because of our collective actions to limit the spread of COVID-19, in concert with the amazing work farmers markets across BC have done to make their markets safe, Dr. Henry will now allow non-food items to be sold at farmers markets! This means you can find crafts, candles, flowers, and other non-food items back at your markets this weekend! A big thank you to the BC Farmers Markets and all the markets around the province for your amazing work during this crisis!,” said Popham.

The Quesnel Farmers’ Market opened on May 2 under strict safety guidelines from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) due to COVID-19, which included limiting vendors to only sell food items.

The Quesnel Farmers’ Market is open on the Helen Dixon Centre grounds at the corner of Kinchant Street and Carson Avenue every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

READ MORE: COVID-19: Quesnel Farmers’ Market will open May 2 with more of a ‘shop, don’t stop’ feel

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